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29-30 June. Schloss Etelsen, Langwedel (near Bremen), Germany
Workshop Notes, Programme

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Design Meeting 2011

Computing for Spatial Design, Architecture, and Construction Informatics

This interdisciplinary meeting will stimulate and facilitate an active exchange on interdisciplinary applications, ideas, approaches, and methods in the areas of:
  • Design Computing
  • Spatial Cognition
  • Artificial Intelligence for Design
  • Architecture and Construction Informatics
  • Computer-Aided Architecture Design (CAAD)
  • Creative, Functional, and People-Centred Design Assistance
  • Assistive Technologies for Design
  • The meeting has been planned as a workshop in order to facilitate interaction between research communities that are addressing similar problems, and pursuing similar goals, but from different perspectives, and using diverse methods and approaches ranging from basic questions in computer science, to applied informatics and engineering research.
    The meeting will be attended by researchers from a range of disciplines and qualifications encompassing Computer Science, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Mathematics, Cognitive Science, and Environmental Psychology.

    This meeting is endorsed and supported by the Spatial Cognition Research Center (SFB/TR 8; Universities of Bremen and Freiburg, Germany).
    Organising co-chairs:

    Mehul Bhatt (University of Bremen, Germany)
    Robert Amor (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
    André Borrmann (Technische Universität München, Germany)
    Jakob Beetz (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)

    Inquiries: bhatt@informatik.uni-bremen.de

    Thematic Scope

    Main topics of interest include:
    Basic research questions in:
  • Spatial Computing for Design
  • Visual and Spatial Representation and Reasoning
  • Design Semantics; Applied Ontology in Design and Engineering
  • Computer Human Interaction, Interaction Design and Simulation
  • Spatial and Architectural Design
  • Design Assistance Tools and Systems
  • Spatial Cognition and Computation
  • Interoperability, Semantic Web
  • Representing and reasoning about 3D space
  • Qualitative modelling and reasoning
  • Geometric spatial reasoning
  • Qualitative spatial and temporal reasoning
  • Diagnosis and hypothetical reasoning
  • Pedestrian dynamics, wayfinding, orientation and cognitive mapping
  • Applications of spatial representation and reasoning:
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)
  • Industry standards and frameworks
  • Construction and architecture informatics
  • Built Infrastructure Modelling
  • Construction Process Simulation and Optimzation
  • Computer-aided Lifecycle Management of Buildings
  • Design and functional simulation
  • Soft computing, machine learning for design
  • Advanced building simulation
  • Behaviour modelling (agents, and artefacts)
  • Virtual reality and design
  • Parametric and generative design
  • 3D/4D Building Information Models
  • Meeting Format and Schedule

    The format of the meeting will combine a number of invited speakers from topical areas as well as short poster presentations and system demonstrations. The meeting format will maximise time for discussions and debates amongst the participants.

    The meeting will last 1.5 days, with the first day focussing on presentation of research and demonstrations, whereas the second (half) day focussing solely on group discussions.

    Tuesday June 28: arrivals by early or late evening, and informal social evening
    Wednesday June 29: Presentations, Demos, and Posters Sessions
    Thursday June 30: Discussion sessions till mid-afternoon

    A detailed schedule will be provided in due course.


    An estimated 15-20 attendees, including invited speakers and poster / demo presenters, PhD student participants, and undergraduate students are expected to participate in the meeting. Participants are required to submit a position statement (PDF or Word) consisting of:
  • Title, keywords, and extended abstract (max 2 pages) consisting of the summary of presentation / research
  • Short 18-20 line academic profile / biography, affiliation, and academic website URL
  • Submissions deadline: June 12 2011

    All abstracts and participant profiles will be disseminated both before (closed group) and after (publicly) the event. Public dissemination will be done via the Online SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition Technical Report Series.

    Special requests: Participants are requested to bring their printed posters since we cannot guarantee poster printing facilities at the venue. For specific requests concerning live demonstrations, please do email the organisers.

    We welcome requests for participation in the meeting.

    Confirmed Attendees

    • Wassim Abu Abed (Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany)
    • Robert Amor (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
    • Frederick M.C. van Amstel (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
    • Thomas Barkowsky (University of Bremen, Germany)
    • Sven Bertel (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany)
    • Volker Berkhahn (University of Hannover, Germany)
    • Mehul Bhatt (University of Bremen, Germany)
    • Peter Bonsma (TNO, The Netherlands. RDF, Bulgaria)
    • Jakob Beetz (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
    • André Borrmann (Technische Universität München, Germany)
    • Frank Dylla (University of Bremen, Germany)
    • Sebastian Erler (Institut für Bauinformatik, Leibniz Universität Hannover)
    • Christian Freksa (University of Bremen, Germany)
    • Timo Hartmann (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
    • Iestyn Jowers (Technische Universität München, Germany / Leeds, UK)
    • Minqian Huang (University of Bremen, Germany)
    • Bastian Karstädt (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
    • Peter Katranuschkov (TU Dresden, Germany)
    • Heikki Kulusjarvi (Solibri, Finland)
    • Franz Kurfess (California Polytechnic State University, USA)
    • Volker Müller (Bentley Systems, USA)
    • Wojciech Palacz (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)
    • Iwona Ryszka (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)
    • Carl Smith (London Metropolitan University, UK)
    • Carl Schultz (University of Bremen, Germany)
    • Kristina Shea (Technische Universität München, Germany)
    • Sergio Tassoni (University of Bremen, Germany)
    • Wiet (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)

    Meeting Programme and Notes

    All submitted workshop notes are available here: PDF

    The meeting program is available here: PDF

    Meeting Venue

    The meeting will be hosted at Schloss Etelten, a beautiful summer palace in the outskirts of the city of Bremen. Bremen is connected to major cities by both air and rail:

    Bildungswerk der Niedersächsischen Wirtschaft GmbH
    Schloss Etelsen -BNW-
    Bremer Str. 2
    27299 Langwedel
    Telefon: 04235 / 9300 - 0

    Schloss Etelsen:
    Google Maps

    Please contact the organisers should you require assistance or have specific requirements.
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